Thursday, November 25, 2010


Last Sunday my parents traveled to the Cliffs of Moher to take part in a "BatucaMob” - a flash mob (one of several simultaneously happening around Europe) comprising of music (provided by the Kilfenora Cheili Band) and thumping empty waste bins, trash cans and other containers. The event, organized by my aunt Pauline McDonagh , marked the start of the 2010 European Week for Waste Reduction. More details available at or

Monday, November 22, 2010

Kinect Hacking

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks you'll have heard of Kinect, Microsoft's answer to the Wii. The Kinect is a "controller-free gaming and entertainment experience" for the Xbox 360 (and will be available for PC users when Windows 8 is launched). The Kinect sensor uses motion sensors, 3d scanning and fancial/audio recognition software to enhance the gaming experience.

Kinect has only been on the market for a few weeks now but already several people have taken a screwdriver to their kinect sensors. Using the device's hardware they've come up with some fantastic "hacks".

Here's some of the more interesting one so far:

ofxKinect 3D draw 001 from Memo Akten on Vimeo.

and my personal favorite

Interactive Puppet Prototype with Xbox Kinect from Theo Watson on Vimeo.

And all this was done with a fortnight. There's some amazingly creative people out there- I look forward to seeing what happens in the future.